British civics class encourages kids to think like terrorists

posted at 8:58 pm on June 15, 2006 by Allahpundit

In order to “assist in the teaching of current affairs.”

It must be a hoax. Right?

Teaching packs entitled 9/11: The Main Chance, which invite pupils to imagine organising a terrorist attack, have been distributed to schools running the Government’s much-vaunted citizenship classes.

One worksheet asks the pupils to imagine what terrorist targets there are in their neighbourhoods. They have then to suggest what weapons and methods should be used to ensure the most effective results.

At the end of the worksheets, which are funded through the Government’s neighbourhood renewal programmes, a number of links to other terrorism-related articles are listed including one on food terrorism and how fast-food chains, for example, could be attacked. Another article is headlined “How safe is our water?” A series of links to websites on the September 11 atrocity, in which 2,986 people were killed when al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked and crashed four planes, are also listed on the worksheets.

Sounds bad, but don’t worry. The material is impeccably sourced:

Many of the sites [listed on the worksheets] propound outlandish conspiracy theories on the atrocity including the suggestion that the American military shot down flight United 93.

Another link takes pupils to a website which suggests that Dick Cheney, the US Vice-President, directed the attacks, while another “news” website the worksheets encourage pupils to visit includes references to images of Satan appearing in smoke over the Twin Towers on September 11.

A lefty bureaucrat interviewed by the Times says it’s appropriate to examine the motives of extremist groups — which, in light of the course material, in this case presumably means Halliburton. But laying aside the fact that the class seems less concerned with the why than the how-to of terrorism, I’d gently suggest that while the study of root causes is a fine idea, it is, let us say, perhaps not the highest use to which a citizenship class might be put.

Which brings us to the punchline. The British minister for higher education endorsed citizenship classes last year after 7/7 as a way of assimilating Muslim immigrants by inculcating a stronger sense of British identity. But according to one of the creators of 9/11: The Main Chance, the course packs are mainly in use across the borough of Waltham Forest. Which happens to be, as of 2001, disproportionately Muslim.

I’ll leave you with Times columnist Mick Hume, who read through the course material and says it’s not pro-Al Qaeda — and not pro- anything else, either.

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You want to teach your kids how the Muslim terrorists think?

You want to teach them about the evil cult of Islam?

You want to teach them how to hate America?

Send them to California and particularly to San Francisco public schools.

CatholicConservative on June 15, 2006 at 9:09 PM

This does not surprise me at all. The majority of Britains truly believe that Israel is a state stolen from the Palestinians.

gary on June 15, 2006 at 9:37 PM

There they go again.

Moral redemption through failure.

venmax on June 15, 2006 at 9:40 PM

How about we create a civics class entitled 9/12-The Payback. It would ask the students how they would react after such an attack, if they were say the President. Basicly, the direct polar opposite of this plainly pro-terrorist class. Of course the Left would go nuts at even the slightest suggestion of such a course…especially if we managed to have Haliburton be a key sponsor.

Terlizzi999 on June 15, 2006 at 9:41 PM

Kids have always been little terrorists. The last thing they need is someone teaching it to them.

GT on June 15, 2006 at 10:43 PM

PLEASE NO. They are teaching muslims how to plan terror attacks, in ENGLISH SCHOOLS????????? Segregating the muslims for special learning opportunities? How to kill thousands of infidels efficiently… I cant remember which class that was back when.
I want to see the ‘thread’ of this curriculum, where did it start, who backed it, who took it in the ass to get this approved?.
Just f#$king perfect, in a couple of years, they’ll be able to hire a certain Yale grad,an expert in al Qaeda. He’ll fit right in.

shooter on June 15, 2006 at 10:55 PM

Wonder what the Ninth Circuit Court will say about this

Defector01 on June 15, 2006 at 11:15 PM

Maybe this will assist their effort. My advice to them is to just link to major speeches of elected liberals in America since just before the ’04’ elections, and try to figure them out. Atter all, if it walks with a terrorist, and squawks like a terrorist… ;o)

DannoJyd on June 15, 2006 at 11:29 PM

“It is perfectly acceptable for a school to examine and debate the motives of extremist groups.”

They should give that a try with the BNP, instead of prosectuting them. What could motivate a group in Britain to be anti-Muslim? It’s such a mystery, I’d think they’d want to examine and debate that.

Alex K on June 16, 2006 at 12:15 AM

A lefty bureaucrat interviewed by the Times says it’s appropriate to examine the motives of extremist groups…

In citizenship classes? Wow.

Pablo on June 16, 2006 at 3:40 AM

Time to revist the Monroe Doctrine?

ForYourEdification on June 16, 2006 at 8:19 AM

I hope they do a follow up class on the Zarqawi “exit” strategy.

Did the US use the right number of bombs or should they have gone with one Daisy Cutter.

This would make a great class discussion.

Bob Mileti on June 16, 2006 at 8:27 AM

Come on folks! I want my kid to think like terrorists. How else can we survive? Besides, do you believe coolaid drinkers think like terrorists! Hell no! They don’t have the slightest idea what’s going on in the mind of a terrorist. The coolaid drinkers believe terrorists are poor misunderstood freedom fighters.

Coolaid Drinker: “If Osama bin Laden would only sit with me under a date palm, we could have a conversation and he’d see we are his friends.”

My Kids: “If Osama bin Laden would only sit under a date palm, we’d get a lock on his dumbass and blow the crap out of him!”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 16, 2006 at 9:37 AM

Be glad tht it is happening in England.
All the worst socialist type ideas are tested their and fail miserably (example: gun registration turned into gun confiscation turned into insanely high crime rates)
As they are destroyed maybe, just maybe enough americans will pull their heads from between their butt cheeks and realize that it is not a good idea.
Sure, America may be an uncivilized group of barbarians, but we will, once again, save the world.

Wyrd on June 16, 2006 at 9:56 AM

Britain failed their “subjects” a long time ago. Considering that 1 in 4 of the people who live there are a crime statistic, they are already being “terrorized” by the criminals in their society. Maybe they ought to be teaching kids in school about being God fearing members of a society instead. Naaa, the religion of liberalism is seeing them through even now. Too bad the left and the RINO’s in the United States are far too blind to learn from Britain’s mistakes, it’d save us some heartache in the long run.

NRA4Freedom on June 16, 2006 at 10:08 AM

What the hell has happened to Great Britain, our once stalwart ally??
This is tragic, but I guess not unexpected when socialism has been the ruling ideology for over 60 years…

Abigail Adams on June 16, 2006 at 10:41 AM


I fear this is not only Great Britain’s problem, but the whole of Europe, with maybe the exception of some of the former eastern block countries. Those former (freed) socialist countries seem to value their freedoms and sense of capitalist worth. Isn’t it ironic!

Kini on June 16, 2006 at 3:35 PM

Amazing. Yet I’m not really amazed anymore.

I also believe the ‘anatomy’ of this decision has to be uncovered: where all this started, who promoted the idea, who bought into it and why.

RD on June 16, 2006 at 8:08 PM